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Bringing War to Book

Writing and Producing the Military Memoir


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkings
    Pages 1-41
  3. Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkings
    Pages 43-64
  4. Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkings
    Pages 65-90
  5. Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkings
    Pages 91-122
  6. Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkings
    Pages 123-152
  7. Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkings
    Pages 153-188
  8. Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkings
    Pages 189-217
  9. Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkings
    Pages 219-252
  10. Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkings
    Pages 253-268
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 269-285

About this book


This book explores how military memoirs come to be written and published. Looking at the journeys through which soldiers and other military personnel become writers, the authors draw on over 250 military memoirs published since 1980 about service with the British armed forces, and on interviews with published military memoirists who talk in detail about the writing and production of their books.  A range of themes are explored including: the nature of the military memoir; motivations for writing; authors’ reflections on their readerships; inclusions and exclusions within the text; the memories and materials that authors draw on;the collaborations that make the production and publication of military memoirs possible; and the issues around the design of military memoirs' distinctive covers.

Written by two leading commentators on the sociology of the military, Bringing War to Book offers a new and original argument about the representations of war and the military experience as a process of social production.  The book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including sociology, history, and cultural studies.



publishing armed forces sociology war history soldiers literature memory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityNewcastleUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Newcastle UniversityNewcastleUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Rachel Woodward is a Professor of Human Geography at Newcastle University, UK. 

K. Neil Jenkings is a Senior Research Associate at Newcastle University, UK.  

Bibliographic information


“The authors examine what military memoirs do, why and for whom they are written, what is included and what is excluded, what materials are used, who is involved in the writing and production, and why memoirs physically look the way they do. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.” (B. Adler, Choice, Vol. 56 (04), December, 2018)​